rating: 2 of 5 stars
I saw this movie, and cried my eyes all the way through it. I don't know what possessed me to want to read the novel, but my curiosity got the better of me. (That, and it was a really good copy on the cheap at Goodwill.)
Anyway, I really liked the movie, and I thought the book was just OK. The book was really different from the movie, so perhaps that is part of my discontent. But, I also felt that the writing was at times long-winded and amateur (Ahern was only 21 when she wrote the novel).
P.S. I Love You is the story of Holly Kennedy, whose husband dies from a brain tumor right around her 30th birthday. He leaves her a series of 10 notes that become her guide through life for the months following his death. Holly relies on family and friends to encourage her as she goes through her grieving process, but she also becomes more sensitive to the sufferings of others. In the end, it is a story about learning to work through life's tough times and remembering to cherish the time we have here.
I would certainly be interested to see what someone who read the book first thought, versus the other way around like me. Overall, I found there were some very touching and poignant moments in the book, but I was left feeling vaguely unsatisfied with Holly's journey.
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